City Spotlight: 1st class graduates from weatherization training program in Newark

Authors: ada Last night, the first class of trainees from a green jobs training program on home weatherization graduated in Newark, NJ. Here's an article from PR Newswire:

First Class to Graduate Tonight From Local Green Jobs Initiative

Gov. Corzine to Address 22 Newark Worker Graduates From Green Jobs Training Course, Pilot Program With City of Newark NEWARK, N.J., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first participants of a Newark-based initiative that prepares workers for green collar jobs in urban communities will mark a significant milestone tonight when they graduate from their initial training program. Twenty-two Newark residents and workers now have the skills and training necessary to work in the new environmentally friendly construction industry and in retro-fitting or upgrading existing buildings. These men and women were recruited as part of a weatherization pilot program between the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) and the City of Newark. The two entities launched the initiative in January 2009 in anticipation of federal stimulus funds for residential weatherization and energy conservation. The graduation will be held tonight, Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Newark. Governor Jon Corzine will be on hand to address the twenty-two graduates and charter members of Laborers 55, all of whom were previously unemployed or chronically underemployed. The program has been heralded nationally by special adviser to the president for green jobs, enterprise and innovation Van Jones, referring to it as "a pioneering public-private partnership." The initiative is unique in that it sets to create family supporting, career track jobs for new workers; unlike other programs which offer low wages, no benefits, and jobs contingent on public funding. With union support, these new workers will have the opportunity to further their skills in many environment-related industries including hazardous waste removal and green residential construction and rehabilitation, and will have access to both private and public sector employment. SOURCE Laborers' International Union of North America Green For All made this video about the program when it launched in January:

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